Facts & Figures - a quick look

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Globally preterm birth accounts for over 9.5% of all births.  This means that over 13 million babies are born too soon every year.


90% of Preemies survive

Thirty years ago less than 25% of the tiniest preemies were surviving, now almost 90% survive.  Learning about preterm birth can help increase awareness of the unique needs of preemies and their families.

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Incidence of Preterm Birth - Worldwide

Incidence of premature birth Worldwide

To recap, a preterm birth or “preemie” is a baby who was born before 37 completed gestational weeks.

The numbers of preterm births are not equal when you compare countries, for example the highest rate of preterm birth occurs in Africa and the lowest in Europe. The reasons for this are varied and are likely due to differences between countries in regards to the various risk factors

The global incidence of preterm birth:

Region Number of Preterm Births Preterm Birth Rates (%)
World Total 12,870,000 9.6%
Africa 4,047,000 11.9%
North America 480,000 10.6%
Asia 6,907,000 9.1%
LA & the Caribbean 933,000 8.1%
Oceania Australia & New Zealand 20,000 6.4%
Europe 466,000 6.2%

The estimated worldwide incidence of preterm birth in 2005, shown in the table, represent the data reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a systematic review aiming to understand the global extent of this specific public health problem. Note these figures were only based on singleton births so are likely to underestimate the actual number of preterm births globally



AlbertEinstein_iconOne of the greatest minds in history, Albert Einstein was born preterm.

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Preemie, Premmie, or Prem?

Most babies spend between 38 and 42 weeks in their mother’s uterus. So, technically a preterm birth, preemie, premmie, or prem, is an infant who is born less than 37 completed gestational weeks. 

Read More: Defining Preterm birth



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